Federal Barbecue Championship
Saturday September 22, from 10.00am to 6pm.
Lisandro de la Torre, between Av. de los Corrales and Av. Directorio, in the Mataderos neighbourhood.
Now in it's third year, Argentina's official Campeonato Federal de Asado takes place in Buenos Aires on Saturday September 22, celebrating a major tradition and defining element of Argentine identity.
The country's 23 provinces, plus Buenos Aires, the federal capital, compete in the great Argentine grill off, each represented by a team of two barbecue chefs who'll be vying to impress two demanding juries, one featuring local gatronomic heavyweights and another featuring politicians.
The competition plays out over 24 barbecue grills lining the street. Each duo has to prepare several cuts of beef: vacío, asado de tira ancha, and colita de cuadril, as well as chorizo (sausage), using their own tools and charcoal, wood or both, on their barbecues. Bread and condiments are provided to the competitors.
There'll be activities for all the family at the event. And don't eat meat if you don't eat meat; there will be other food stands with representatives of the city's different communities serving up their own national foods.
The Chilean writer Juan Pablo Meneses wrote "Although more and more books may be published on how to cook meat, no text can beat the intuition of the expert barbecue chef that every Argentine carries inside." And that is exactly what we're celebrating.
This celebration of the Argentina's most traditional cuisine will be accompanied by live music and dance.
Main stage (Parque Alberdi):
11am to 1pm: El Remolón + Bárbara Silva + Manada.
2pm to 3pm: La Máquina de Hacer Chacarera.
4pm to 5pm: Paloma del Cerro (TBC).
5.45pm: Los Nocheros.
Second stage (Plazoleta del Resero):
11am: deboning of half a sheep.
12 noon: deboning of half a cow.
1pm: Malambo vs. Hip Hop: battle 1.
2pm: Malambo vs. Hip Hop: battle 2.
3pm: King Coya & Queen Cholas (Folcloredigital #Cumbia).
4pm: open floor: folk dance class + DJ.
5pm: La Banda de las Corbatas (family show).
There'll be displays of gaucho skills along Avenida Directorio from 11.30am with a pato game and more, including a competition at 2pm, and an artisans' walk in Avenida Corrales, traditional location of the Feria de Mataderos, with many craftsmen who take part in the regular craft fair.
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